Announcing the Founder Support Fund

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I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. And many startup founders have been particularly affected by the stress and unknowns of this time. .

Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

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500 actively invested in founders who were diverse or were building for diverse customers; we shunned manels by making sure to feature female speakers at our events, so that it wasn’t predominantly men doing the talking.

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Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

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Doing so means getting a lot of things right, and one of the most critical is that founders receive the correct support while they’re in-program. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

Founder Control

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I said in this post , I am generally a “one share one vote proponent”, but I have supported founder control provisions in a few companies where I was or am on the board. The founder had a 10:1 supervoting provision and controlled a majority of the board seats. But I can only imagine that WeWork was running out of cash and needed funds from its existing investors and the founder had to cede all of that to keep the company afloat.

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

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In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

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Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

Launch Your Business in Georgia (The Country, not the State)

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All Founders International Programs accelerator program founders international founders startup foundersThe following post is written by Nato Chakvetadze, Program Associate for 500Georgia. Gavin: Here everything is so expensive. Look at the numbers.

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

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But one thing that really jumped out at us was how bad a job we’ve done at telling founders exactly what they can expect from us. Ideas that start out bad often get better over time as founders learn and adapt. Weak teams can get stronger as co-founders come and go.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

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When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Passionate founders: Founders that joyfully know more about their market than most people would think is normal to know about anything. Authentic founders communicate what’s going on with themselves.

Calling All Founders

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In this program, founders are connected to the CIOs of the top banks, brokerages, and insurance companies in NYC as they work on their products and pitches. And then there is the newest one, the Transit Tech Accelerator , where founders who are building transit companies are connected to the leading transit systems in the NY Metro area while they work on their products and pitches. NYC’s Partnership runs some outstanding accelerator programs.

What Should Founders Be Focusing On? SSRL Can Be Their Guide.

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs and investors used to rely on strictly qualitative/gut methods of assessing progress and deciding what their next steps should be. In 2014 the great Steve Blank gave the startup world its first widely-respected quantitative assessment system: the Investment Readiness Level (IRL).

How much can you pay yourself as a founder?

This is going to be BIG.

If founder salaries are supposed to be no more than some set number, how does that work if a founder is a single mom with three kids and a mortgage. For example, if Katrina Lake, the founder of Stitch Fix, went off to start a new company, pretty much any investor would give her a blank check to do it. On the other hand, do you think that same number is the primary motivating factor for the black female founder, weather she, too, went to Harvard and can code or not.

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

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Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities. Some founders get more press, get speaking opportunities or have an easier time fundraising thanks to leads that started with social media.

Should Founders Still Raise in an Economic Downturn?

Dream It

Jason sat down with Steve Barsh , Managing Partner of Dreamit, to give founders relevant downturn strategies. Jason answers critical questions for founders, including: How can your company ensure survival? Your primary job as a founder is to save the business.

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

How Startup Founders Can Better Manage Their Time

Onevest

As we tell our founders at 1000 Angels , the private investor network that connects startups with investors, time management is an important component of any business, but when it comes to launching a startup it is even more critical. Founder WisdomBy Michael Whitehouse.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel

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Leading Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch and Meet Founder Mentors at 3rd Annual Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Convening.

The Bad Advice Diverse Founders are Given Around Fundraising

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Yesterday, I met with a founder with an interesting model who was raising $400k to bring the finishing touches to her product to make it customer-ready. In fact, the only founder I've ever seen completely run the table for a multi-million dollar seed round based off of a Powerpoint is Chantel Waterbury of chloe + isabel. This blog post is not about debating if "enough" diverse founders get funding--whatever that might mean.

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You Don't Need a Co-Founder

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I've heard a lot of VCs tell founders they need co-founders--and that they wouldn't look at a business at a very early stage without a co-founder. A lot of accelerators treat solo founders the same way--making it an implied requirement to participate. I don't think you can get into YC with this kind of "Godfather"-type co-founder as your partner if they're not going to be there day in and day out. but you do need a team.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t yet heard about Female Founder Office Hours it is an initiative you should be aware of whether you’re male, female or any other gender identify. Take Action You’ll see from the website that Female Founder Office Hours have several dates set.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital

TechStars

Techstars co-founder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—both renowned venture capitalists, partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist —are again giving their FREE online course Venture Deals.

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups

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All Founders 500 Accelerator 500 startups accelerator Accelerator accelerator program accelerators founders start up accelerator startup accelerator startup foundersGuest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva.

LaunchPad Success Story: Joshua Pierce, The Diversity Org Founder Gives First

TechStars

A 2018 graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and former participant in NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab) LaunchPad program, Joshua is the founder of The Diversity Org. Joshua Pierce knows the impact one opportunity or one mentor can have on a young person’s trajectory.

Intern #1 to YC Founder: An Interview with Jack Forbes of Faros (YC W19)

Y Combinator

He shares his experiences moonlighting as an intern at HigherMe (YC W15), playing soccer with YC founders & partners, and what drove him to start a YC company — even after being rejected. I remember John [founder of Boosted] came by and let us try out new prototypes of his board.

Female Founders: What the numbers mean and what they don't

This is going to be BIG.

The funny thing about stats is that you can basically come up with a stat to justify any argument or position--and the whole female founders in tech conversation has a ton of numbers that people put out there as various types of proof and justification, or blame. I tend not to back the type of founder who thinks that code and design alone breaks down all industry barriers--which means that the average age of the founders I''ve seeded has been around 33.

How International Founders Can Raise US Financing

Startup Grind

When I was a Y Combinator partner, I noticed that more and more of the batches were companies started by international founders. International founders typically have some combination of these three reasons: a) Access to capital The number one answer is access to capital.

Tips For An Effective Co-Founder Relationship

Onevest

By Tim Houghten What really makes for an effective, and lasting co-founder relationship? Is the magical pixie dust that gives co-founder relationships wings really all about eHarmony style data matching? So leverage platforms for spotting and connecting with potential co-founders.

Will WeWork finally put our image of a "backable" founder to rest?

This is going to be BIG.

There are some founders who see predictions about the future as a kind of promise—and so they hesitate and get uncomfortable around the idea of insisting that X, Y, or Z will happen. It’s a more complete answer in the mind of an operationally focused founder. that same founder will give the most unequivocal, most confident “Yes!” Those founders tend to be terrific to work with on the operational side.

Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day

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The post Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day appeared first on 500 Startups. All Announcements Partnerships founders founders day jack dorsey square square incGuest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Square, Inc.

Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore.

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All Founders International global launch international founders singapore singapore founders Southeast Asia southeast asia startups southeast asia venture capitalWhile people may think of Singapore as a top startup city, what they may not realize is that this city-state potentially has quite a bit more to offer as a local hub when looking to scale throughout the region.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

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Announcements Founders Venture Capital Investing 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo dayNo one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

After the Exit: What’s Next for SendGrid Founder Isaac Saldana?

TechStars

Ever wondered what a startup founder does after their company is acquired for billions of dollars ? Isaac Saldana, Co-founder of SendGrid—which was acquired by Twilio for $3 billion in an all-stock deal in October 2018—isn’t lounging on a beach.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

To celebrate their success, we collaborated with Slidebean to host a Fireside Chat in New York City on October 10th featuring Caya, founder of Slidebean, and Steve Barsh, Managing Partner at Dreamit. Caya: 2x startup founder.

Founders. Run. Amok. It Starts With a Term Sheet.

This is going to be BIG.

It was a company whose product I believed in and whose founder I liked, but a firm lobbed in a term sheet at a price 33% higher than what I had offered using a very light agreement meant for a much earlier stage company. Then, I read about the idiotic comments made by a co-founder of Rap Genius. Founders. Founders. They got that way due in large part to a very public founder friendly stance. I treat all my founders equally.

Hospitality Tech as a Service

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We recently sat down with the founders of LA Fund, Lev Filiminov and Alex Balaban, to learn more about their inspiration for the. All Founders Growth Partnerships Programs bootcamp founders hospitality Startup Growth Startups

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million

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Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. I believe founders have superpowers. Founders Tips and Trends 500 Accelerator 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo day Accelerator accelerator program founders seed accelerator start up accelerator startup accelerator startup founders